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Minnesota Department of Commerce Celebrates 15th Annual National Consumer Protection Week


Tue, Mar 5th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce is joining state agencies across the country, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the IRS, the FBI, advocacy organizations like the Better Business Bureau, and private sector groups nationwide to celebrate National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), March 3-9, 2013.



“One of the most important responsibilities of the Commerce Department is to act as the watchdog for Minnesota consumers,” said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. “It is our responsibility to educate consumers and prevent them from falling victims to scams and fraud while empowering them to make smart financial decisions for themselves and their families.”



For the past 15 years, this broad coalition has worked together to share tips and information about privacy protection, money and debt management, and how to recognize identity theft, frauds and scams. This year, the Commerce Department will focus on preventing wire transfer fraud among seniors, educating consumers to be cautious when taking out payday loans, sharing tips to protect consumer identity and use credit wisely, and discussing the consumer protections provided by the Department’s Weights and Measures Division.



On Tuesday, March 5, Commissioner Mike Rothman will join AARP, State Representative Joe Atkins and State Senator Terri Bonoff at a press conference to discuss the importance of HF 194/SF 247, a bill to protect Minnesota’s seniors from wire transfer fraud. The legislation will give the department more tools to fight this type of fraud by increasing penalties and regulatory actions.



“Too many seniors fall prey to scams and frauds on the internet – many of these crimes utilize wire transfers in the scheme, enabling criminals to steal seniors’ retirement funds,” said Commissioner Rothman “It’s an underreported crime, and hopefully consumers will come forward to seek help. This legislation gives the Commerce Department additional tools to fight these types of crimes, and it is particularly timely during 2013 National Consumer Protection Week.”



About the Minnesota Department of Commerce

The Minnesota Department of Commerce licenses and regulates insurance, financial institutions, securities, real estate, debt collectors, payday lenders, and other industries. In addition to levying .....
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State to phase out use of harmful chemical

Tue, Mar 5th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

St. Paul, Minn. -- All state agencies will eliminate purchasing of hand soaps and dish and laundry cleaning products that contain triclosan by June of this year. Through Executive Order by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, state agencies are required t ..... 
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State's Largest Annual Food Drive is Underway

Tue, Mar 5th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With need at food shelves at record levels in Minnesota, the largest annual food drive in the state is now underway. Minnesota FoodShare said the March Campaign this year is focused on "everyday heroes," people who are getting invol ..... 
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Minnesota law changes affect 2012 taxes for some individuals

Wed, Feb 20th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota has adopted most federal tax changes enacted by Congress for the 2012 tax year under a new law signed by Gov. Mark Dayton. The changes will provide $18.5 million in tax benefits to Minnesotans. Conforming to federal ta ..... 
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Consumer access to health care would be expanded in new nursing legislation

Wed, Feb 20th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL (Feb. 20, 2013) — Newly introduced legislation would expand consumer access to advanced practice nurses to meet the growing needs of 21st century health care and the Affordable Care Act, according to the president of Minnesota’s Advanced ..... 
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In the forecast: a winter blast of extra DWI patrols

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Fillmore County. — You don’t have to have yourself a merry little time in jail if you plan ahead for a sober ride. The Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office along with Chatfield and Preston Police Departments will increase drunk driving enforcemen ..... 
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Minnesotans Build Their Legacy With 53 New Historical And Cultural Heritage Grants Grants awarded across the state for projects of enduring value

Tue, Nov 27th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL (Nov. 21, 2012) – From oral histories to preserving historic buildings, Minnesotans are hard at work celebrating their legacy now and building it for the future. The Minnesota Historical Society today announced it has awarded 53 Minnesota ..... 
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Commerce action stops a “bait and switch” timeshare scheme- Falsified Commerce license used to deceive consumers

Wed, Nov 14th, 2012
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SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce recently took action against Renaissance Marketing of Property for running an alleged “bait and switch” timeshare scheme that targeted consumers across the country. The Commerce Department o ..... 
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605 drunk driving arrests to-date during statewide campaign

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL — Minnesota law enforcement officers have arrested 605 drunk drivers two weekends into a statewide DWI enforcement campaign, according to Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety preliminary reports. The Drive Sober or ..... 
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